Our Favorite Colorful Bandeaus That Shouldn't Be Hidden Away

Bandeau, if you couldn't tell, is a French word that roughly translates to "little strip." Traditionally it refers to the wrap around the top part of a woman's body — providing a cover up for her mid-section. We've seen the mini-top in action all around the 305, with swimsuits, underwear, or in as a super belly-baring shirt substitute. But with all of the gauzy, see-through options that infest our wardrobe every summer, a healthy dose of bandeau-action keeps us covered without complication. Not only does the top give us a little, erm, support, but it also can be used as a layering piece, peeking out to provide a pop of color. These 10 "little strips" aren't just bras without straps, but adorable garments that shouldn't be hidden from sight.
With these little lovelies, summer shirt possibilities are endless — boatneck? No problem. Plunging? Got you covered; Your delicate dresses won't have to compete with bra straps anymore. And, if you are feeling particularly ab-venturous, you can even rock these bad boys as a shirt, solo. So don't skimp on a summer selection of bandeaux...which is actually the cute mini-top in its plural form. Bon bandeau!

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